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Michigan Impact

Northern Michigan
2013 spring Issue

Helping Veterans: The Wolverine Patriot Project

Students from the U-M School of Dentistry have teamed with a pair of U-M dental alumni to provide oral health care to disabled and homeless veterans in Gaylord, Michigan.

The veterans-focused oral health care initiative they created is known as the Wolverine Patriot Project.

They've piloted the free-care clinic for local patients lacking dental coverage and hope to model the initiative statewide in the future.

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U-M researchers work to minimize the effects of climate change in Grand Traverse Bay

Communities across the Grand Traverse Bay region have experienced weather events related to climate change, from severity in storms to fluctuations in lake ice cover. These changes have occurred along with population growth and urbanization across the watershed.

A team of researchers from U-M and MSU at the Michigan Sea Grant is seeking to inform stakeholders and the scientific community about Grand Traverse Bay’s vulnerability to climate variability and change. Additionally, the research will begin a process of adaptive management that should ultimately improve the region’s ability to respond to and mitigate the impacts of such change.

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Writers program provides unique approach to literary education to public school students

A U-M graduate and current writer-in-residence is co-teaching students as part of the Front Street Writers Series.

Creative writing requires people to think outside of the box in order to imagine worlds that have yet to be explored. The National Writers Series, held in Traverse City, encourages these individuals who are willing to take their writing capability and creativity to the next level.

A partnership between the Traverse City Area Public Schools and New York Times best-selling author Doug Stanton, the Front Street Writers program provides creative writing techniques, similar than those at private art academies and colleges, to 30 carefully selected students.

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Hydraulic fracturing in Michigan: U-M researchers study potential impacts on health, environment and economy

U-M researchers are conducting a detailed study of the potential environmental and societal impacts of hydraulic fracturing, the controversial natural gas drilling process known as fracking.

It is the first scientific study about hydraulic fracturing to focus on Michigan.

Researchers are working with government regulators, oil and gas industry representatives and environmental groups to explore seven critical areas related to the use of hydraulic fracturing in Michigan: human health, the environment and ecology, economics, technology, public perception, law and policy, and geology/hydrodynamics.

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